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How active are you?

The world is full of people doing varying amounts of exercise. For Australian marathon runner, Robert de Castella, a workout is a 20km run. For American actress Phyllis Diller, “It’s a good, brisk sit.” So how do you measure up with the rest of the population?

Associate Professor at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Dr. Catrine Tudor-Locke, set about researching people’s daily step counts in order to establish standard activity categories.
Based on her findings in her landmark 2009 paper, Steps to Better Cardiovascular Health: How Many Steps Does It Take to Achieve Good Health and How Confident Are We in This Number?  she identified the following:

  • Under 2,500 steps a day can be classified as “basal activity”.
  • 2,500 to 4,999 steps a day can be classified as “limited activity”.
  • 5,000 to 7,499 steps a day is typical of daily activity excluding sports/exercise and might be considered “low active”.
  • 7,500 to 9,999 steps a day is likely to include some exercise or walking (and/or a job that requires more walking) and can be be considered “somewhat active”.
  • 10,000 steps to 12,499 a day, the individual can be classified as “active”.
  • More than 12,500 steps/day, the individual can be classified as “highly active”.

Have a look at your average daily pedometer reading and then see which category you fall into...

How did you measure up? Are you a pedometer powerhouse or a mouse potato?

Whatever your current step count, remember all of us here at 10,000 Steps Australia are dedicated to help inspire you during your workplace challenge to steadily increase it to 10,000 steps and beyond. You'll be joining the "active" and "highly active" walker's club in no time.

Happy Stepping!


10,000 Steps Australia is a pedometer workplace challenge that is uniquely on demand and  customizable. Our walking experts have combined intelligent design with up-to-the-minute technology to create an interactive step challenge that inspires employees to be active, and provides coordinators with a turnkey solution to running a successful corporate wellness program. If your organisation is interested in taking up the challenge, contact us for a live demo.